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FDA Orders Halt to Marketing of Unapproved Single-Ingredient Oral Colchicine
Date:9/30/2010

approved generic competition for Colcrys. The PAP covers three groups of people: those with insurance; those without insurance; and Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Part D who do not want the cost of Colcrys to contribute toward their true out-of-pocket expenditures under Part D. The CAP helps eligible patients reduce their Colcrys prescription co-pay to no more than $25 per prescription. Specific information on these programs can be found at www.colcrys.com, www.needymeds.org, or by calling 1-888-811-8423.

Today's action is part of the FDA's broader initiative against marketed unapproved drugs, announced in a June 2006 Compliance Policy Guide describing the agency's risk-based enforcement approach for marketed unapproved drug products.

"The need for drugs to go through the FDA approval process is clearly demonstrated by our review of oral colchicine tablets," said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). "Without our safety review and proper drug labeling, the old standard of care would likely have continued, to the detriment of patients."

Unapproved versions of colchicine are not generic drugs. Generic drugs are approved by the FDA to assure that the approved generic drug products meet the same standards as the innovator drug. All single-ingredient oral colchicine products, other than Colcrys, that are currently being marketed are unapproved drugs and have never been evaluated by the agency.

"It is a priority for the FDA to get unapproved medications, such as older versions of single ingredient oral colchicine, either updated to conform to FDA's current approval standards or off the market," said Deborah M. Autor, director of CDER's Office of Compliance. "The FDA remains committed to ensuring that prescription drugs have the necessary FDA approval. We encourage companies to actively pursue approval or face the t
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